Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:22-27
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with
birth pangs together until now.
And not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for
the adoption, the redemption of our body.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not
hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait
for it with perseverance.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do
not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the
Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the
will of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:23-31
"But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another.
For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of
Israel before the Son of Man comes.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above
"It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher,
and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house
Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!
"Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered
that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
"Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and
what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill
the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one
of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
"Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many
Saints and Feasts
Finding of the Relics of Cyrus and John the Unmercenaries; Pappias the Martyr; Righteous Fathers Sergius and Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery; Synaxis of the Icon of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos ; Paul the Physician of Corinth